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« on: October 05, 2005, 01:49:55 PM »
I'm 10 years out of school myself, so I understand the worry. I'm definitely using supervisors as my LoRs. Preferably the ones who think I'm super-smart
I'm even considering the one who took a chance on me and hired me with my practically non-existent experience in the field, even though she hasn't been my supervisor in several years. I had some good experiences with some of my undergrad profs, but after so long it's iffy. I had a grad prof who wrote me a fabo rec as well when I switched grad departments (I dropped out without a degree and with crummy grades) but again... ten years. I'm admittedly terrible at networking and keeping in touch with people.
I'm also pondering taking a class to get a prof for a rec, but then I'm also not applying until next year.
« on: October 05, 2005, 01:43:22 PM »
Tulane is trying pretty hard to keep their students.
I know that they've pretty much told students that if they're taking 1L classes they cannot transfer to the school they're visiting. I expect many students got caught in their initially asking other schools to NOT take the 1Ls, as well (plus some schools just won't take them) so are angry and are taking this year off.
Plus, someone I know who was in her first year of medical school at Tulane IS still in school -- they arranged for Baylor to take them on, and then are going to be sending them back to Tulane and New Orleans come spring.
This is definitely hedging their bets. Tulane's in financial difficulty and just trying to keep afloat.
« on: October 05, 2005, 06:38:13 AM »
Honestly, I'd rewrite to get down to the 250 word limit.
When I was in graduate school, I had an assignment with one class which was to write a paper of no more than two pages. This is NOT EASY, especially when you consider it was something that would normally take 4 pages.
Writing concisely is a valuable skill, and that's what they'd be testing when they have a word limit that short. I personally wouldn't chance it. 297 looks a whole lot different than 250.
Of course, note I have no interest in Yale and haven't seen the application nor do I know what it's asking, but generally when someone asks for a tight limit, they're testing your ability to be concise.
« on: October 04, 2005, 11:11:18 PM »
A quick google search reveals:
University of Maryland
There are others I am sure, I'm just too tired to search very deep right now. But really, it seems that most schools have a bunch of classes in it. I know Houston has some programs in it, as well, and Wisconsin had a list of recommended classes.
Not sure there's a difinitive list, though, outside of US News and their list of the best international law schools.
« on: October 04, 2005, 07:39:55 PM »
Most schools I've seen require you to apply to one or the other. You'd need to check with the school.
I've heard stories about people being offered a chance at part time after being wait-listed for full, but I have no idea of the truth of those.
Many schools will also allow you to switch to the full-time program if you are part-time for a year.
Personally, I'm only going to apply full-time, because I have no illusions about my ability to not burn out if I'm working at the same time. I learned from my grad school stint.
« on: October 04, 2005, 06:42:50 PM »
This is honestly my biggest concern, the whole family thing. I'm 32, and thinking about applying for 07. Since I know I'm going to be a major splitter when I take the LSAT in December, I want time to take another class or two, both to get some recs and to try to make up for my disasterous grad school stint right after college. Hopefully the 10 years WE will help a lot.
If I weren't involved in a serious relationship I wouldn't worry about it. But -- we're talking about getting married in the next couple of years, and I'd be 34 when I started as a 1L. Wait to have kids until I graduate? That'd make me 37+, and would be a hit to a new career. Have them during? It'd require a drop to PT probably. Fortunately, the SO is a teacher, so has regular hours and summers off. Of course, that also means no extra money for child care. Argh.
« on: October 04, 2005, 06:27:10 PM »
I believe they're for admitted, yes.
For better information, look at the lsas.org website. Their information has incredibly informative charts, plus a search engine you can plug your gpa/lsat into to get a general idea of your competitveness at various schools.
« on: October 04, 2005, 06:25:06 PM »
Those things we call 'locusts' in Houston are actually cicadas, and they are SO NOISY at the time of year they're out that they can drown out normal conversation. BUZZZ-buzz, BUZZ-buzz... Fortunately, they're outside bugs only, and outside of occasionally seeing them flying around, they're not an issue.
As others have said: if you're bug phobic, do not go to the deep south. This would be anywhere along the gulf, and in the South along the Mississippi. Memphis does indeed have bugs; I did my undergrad at Rhodes so saw plenty, but it really didn't make much impression. Mosquitoes are a real problem.
In honesty, I don't have much issue with bugs in Houston, either, outside of the occasional tree roach (palmetto bug) coming in. They don't generally come in unless looking for water/fleeing from water. OK, except for love bugs. I hate those things.
« on: October 04, 2005, 06:17:57 PM »
Add another vote for Rice.
If only because I live in Houston, spent tons of time on the Rice campus in HS, and have always lusted after the chance to go to Rice, even though I've never had the grades.
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